Boys’ V Tennis Nips McDonogh

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Declan Butts ’22 (photo by Katie Himes ’23)

Mercersburg’s boys’ varsity tennis teams won three match tiebreakers—all of which were the deciding factor—in the Blue Storm’s 5-4 win over visiting McDonogh School May 4 at the Smoyer Tennis Center.

After the Eagles (from Owings Mills, MD, just outside Baltimore) took two of the three doubles matches for a 2-1 lead, Mercersburg needed at least four of the singles matches. Goshi Kamiya ’22 won in straight sets at #2, and after defeats at #1 and #3, it was up to Logan Butts ’23 at #4, Oscar Su ’25 at #5, and Declan Butts ’23 at #6. Su and Logan Butts fought back to take the second set after dropping the first set of their respective matches, while Declan Butts also found himself tied at a set apiece. All three Blue Storm players dug deep and captured their match tiebreakers to lead Mercersburg to the thrilling victory.

Results
Doubles

#1 George Constable/Sosh Maller (McD) def. Arnav Pallapothu ’23/Jamie Talley ’23 (M’burg),  8-2
#2 Mikey Markels/Max Antwerpen (McD) def. Goshi Kamiya ’22/Oscar Su ’25 (M’burg), 8-6
#3 Declan Butts ’22/Logan Butts ’23 (M’burg) def. Jacob Haroun/Harry Goldstein (McD), 8-3

Singles
#1 Constable (McD) def. Pallapothu (M’burg), 6-1, 6-2
#2 Kamiya (M’burg) def. Maller (McD), 6-2, 6-4
#3 Markels (McD) def. Talley (M’burg), 6-4, 7-6
#4 L. Butts (M’burg) def. Haroun (McD), 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 (tiebreak)
#5 Su (M’burg) def. Goldstein (McD), 4-6, 6-0, 10-4 (tiebreak)
#6 D. Butts (M’burg) def. Antwerpen (McD), 6-3, 4-6, 10-2 (tiebreak)

Mercersburg (4-6) hosts St. James School Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m.

JV result: Mercersburg 9, McDonogh 0


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